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Controversial Grand Designs ‘spaceship’ home near Milton Keynes sells for £1.2 million

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 (alexanderlawrencemk.co.uk)
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A dramatic roundhouse, which polarised opinion in the architectural world when featured on Grand Designs in 2014, has found a new buyer after being listed for £1.2 million.

Built near Milton Keynes by retired GP Peter Berkin and his wife Chard, an alternative medicine practitioner, the semi-circular five-bedroom home clad in Siberian larch ended up costing double the £200,000 the couple had budgeted.

Presenter Kevin McCloud described it “as though a giant wooden spaceship has landed on top of Stonehenge and interlocked with it.”

The couple disagreed over many elements of their epic self-build, including the shape, yet the final result was dubbed “magnificent” by McCloud.

The spaceship home was sold for £900,000 in 2016, and then relisted in 2019. It has now sold once more, this time for around £1.2 million.

Less than an hour from London, via a 10-minute car journey to Milton Keynes then a 35-minute train, the extraordinary roundhouse has 3,000sq ft of living space including five bedrooms and a home cinema.

Chard and Peter Berkin with Kevin McCloud when he visited them for the big reveal back in 2014 (Grand Designs)
Chard and Peter Berkin with Kevin McCloud when he visited them for the big reveal back in 2014 (Grand Designs)

A new series of Grand Designs: House of the Year starts on 17 November on Channel 4 and runs for four weeks.

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